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About 10,000 people are likely to be rescued by Monday in Kerala where rain-induced floods have claimed over 200 lives in the last 10 days, officials said.
The Prime Minister assured the state government that as requested additional relief materials including food grains and medicines would be provided.
Amid Kerala flood relief efforts, two die with threat of dehydration, starvation at Divine Retreat centre in Chalakkudy
Even though the rescue requests have been around from Friday itself, the people are yet to receive any assistance.
With over two lakh cusecs flowing in Cauvery and Kollidam, breaches appearing in many villages; people moved to shelters in Muttuvanchari and Anaikudi; flood alert issued in many other places
The deluge and rains have hit 26 districts in Maharashtra, 23 in Assam, 23 in West Bengal, 14 in Kerala, 13 in Uttar Pradesh, 11 in Nagaland and 10 in Gujarat.
Amid rising death toll in Kerala floods, Meteorological department predicts more spells of heavy rain
The weatherman has forecast heavy rains at isolated places over North Kerala, coastal Karnataka and its south interior parts on August 19.
Kerala floods HIGHLIGHTS: CM Pinarayi Vijayan says 33 lives lost on Saturday; death toll rises to 357
Torrential rains, overflowing rivers and a series of landslides have resulted in the death of over 150 people in the state in three days.
The devotees visiting Bhavani Sangameswarar and Kodumudi Mahudeswarar temples were told not to enter rivers. The tourists visiting Kodiveri dam were barred from taking bath.
The maximum temperature dropped close to four degrees below normal. Nungambakkam recorded 31.1 degree Celsius and Meenambakkam 31.2 degrees Celsius.
The state government has also notified district administrations about precautionary measures to be implemented in districts that run along the river’s length.
The Maruthur anaicut, the seventh water obstructing structure in Thamirabarani river, has overflown after several years, on Wednesday. Over 4000 cusecs of flood water has been released.
Vehicle movement between TN and Kerala via Puliyarai border was stopped following landslides on Wednesday evening with Sengottai - Kollam railway line being temporarily closed.
Thirteen blocks in Koraput, nine in Kalahandi, five in Nawarangpur, three in Malkangiri and two in Balangir were severely affected by the heavy showers.
Three teams deployed around Perumbavur were able to rescue in excess of 45 stranded people and is carrying out further relief operations.